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  1. 17 Jun 2014
    Vitamins C and E for asthma and exercise-induced breathlessness New
    Review question We considered in this review whether vitamins C and E, when taken together daily, may be helpful for people with asthma or exercise-induced breathlessness. Background Asthma is an inflammatory lung condition characterised by narrowing of the airways; it is associated with breathlessness, chest tightness, cough and wheezing. The condition ...
  2. 10 Jun 2014
    The effects of singing on lung function and quality of life in children and adults with cystic fibrosis Updated
    People with cystic fibrosis are at risk of chest infections due to abnormally thick mucus in their airways. Airway clearance is therefore an important part of cystic fibrosis management. Increasing anecdotal reports suggests that singing may support lung function and enhance quality of life in people with cystic fibrosis. We searched for trials using ...
  3. 14 May 2014
    The use of regular vitamin A preparations for children and adults with cystic fibrosis
    Cystic fibrosis can lead to certain vitamins, such as vitamin A, not being properly absorbed by the body. This can result in problems caused by vitamin deficiency. A lack of vitamin A (vitamin A deficiency) can cause specific problems such as eye and skin problems. It can also be associated with poorer general and respiratory health. Therefore people ...
  4. 14 May 2014
    The use of regular vitamin D preparations for children and adults with cystic fibrosis
    Cystic fibrosis with pancreatic insufficiency can mean that fat-soluble vitamins, such as vitamin D, are poorly absorbed. This can lead to vitamin deficiencies. Lack of vitamin D (vitamin D deficiency) can cause specific problems such as bone deformity and bone fractures. It may also be associated with poorer general and respiratory health. Therefore, ...
  5. 20 Feb 2014
    Echinacea for preventing and treating the common cold Podcast
    Preparations of the plant Echinacea are widely used in some European countries and in North America for common colds. Echinacea preparations available on the market differ greatly as different types (species) and parts (herb, root or both) of the plant are used, different manufacturing methods (drying, alcoholic extraction or pressing out the juice ...
  6. 23 Jan 2014
    Do acupuncture and related therapies help smokers who are trying to quit
    We reviewed the evidence that acupuncture, acupressure, laser therapy or electrical stimulation help people who are trying to stop smoking. Background Acupuncture is a traditional Chinese therapy, generally using fine needles inserted through the skin at specific points in the body. Needles may be stimulated by hand or using an electric current (electroacupuncture). ...
  7. 18 Jan 2014
    Acupuncture for mumps in children
    Acupuncture has been used to treat children with mumps for hundreds of years in China. Benefits attributed to acupuncture include decreased swelling and pain, and shortening of the disease duration. According to traditional Chinese medicine, health is achieved by maintaining an uninterrupted flow of Qi, or energy, along 14 meridians. Mumps is caused ...
  8. 16 Jan 2014
    Vitamin A for preventing blindness in children with measles
    Annually 500,000 children become blind worldwide, 75% of them living in low-income countries. The major causes of blindness in children vary widely from region to region and are related to the standard of living of the community. Corneal scarring from measles, vitamin A deficiency, use of harmful traditional eye remedies and ophthalmia neonatorium (newborn ...
  9. 27 Nov 2013
    The use of omega-3 supplements in people with cystic fibrosis
    Cycles of infection and inflammation are believed to worsen lung function in people with cystic fibrosis. Studies suggest that omega-3 fatty acids, such as those derived from fish oils, may be anti-inflammatory and may benefit many chronic inflammatory diseases including cystic fibrosis. This review includes four small studies with a total of 91 participants ...
  10. 23 Oct 2013
    Vitamin C for asthma and exercise-induced breathlessness
    Review question This review considered the question of whether vitamin C may be helpful for people with asthma or exercise-induced breathlessness. Background Asthma is an inflammatory lung condition characterised by the narrowing of airways and is associated with wheezing, breathlessness, cough and chest tightness. Vitamin C has been suggested as ...

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